CONSIDER YOUR VOTE CAREFULLY
I admit it. I like elections, where people – surrounded by sausage sizzles and cake stalls – show their civic-mindedness by gathering together to elect their government. I know many people aren’t interested. Parties have trouble getting people’s attention. Fewer voters, especially the young, now read newspapers or watch TV. Their social media tend to be echo chambers, rarely encountering rival views. WA’S election is unlikely to feature on their news feeds.
But the issues – transport, health, schools, the environment, jobs, taxes – matter.
So what should voters consider? Think of four ‘P’s:
The Past: Has the Government done a good job?
The Policies: Does the party have a plan and vision for the future?
The Person: Is the candidate knowledgeable? Do they have integrity?
The Party: Are they united? Do they have depth, experience and expertise?
State elections only occur every four years.
It’s not too much to ask that we take our vote seriously. Professor John Phillimore John Curtin Institute of Public Policy